Why Bloom Care Makes All The Difference
There’s nothing like a bouquet of flowers to brighten your mood and spruce up your home! Plus, it’s also among the most special and heartwarming gifts we can receive on special occasions.
Sadly, we all know that blooms don’t last forever. But with a little initiative and a great deal of TLC, you can keep your precious blossoms fresh and blooming for longer!
Don’t pick the flowers!
The simplest way to keep flowers freshest for longer is to keep them in the garden. Instead of picking flowers and bringing them indoors create an area in your garden where you can spend time close to your plants. Creating an outdoor seating area with some garden furniture can make for a truly relaxing space where you can enjoy the looks and scents of your plants.
Consider choosing plants that release scents at different times of the day so no matter when you have time to relax in the garden you’ll enjoy those scented flowers.
Bringing cut flowers indoors is something that can bring tremendous joy so we’ve provided a simple guideline to help you sustain your beloved flowers’ vibrance for a long time. Enjoy your lovely bouquet to the fullest by following these easy steps!
Clean your vase
Containers collect a lot of dust and debris that can make your water cloudy and affect your flowers. Even if your vase is newly-bought, be sure to wash it for safety.
Cleaning your vase is really simple and inexpensive – you’ll have all you need right at home! Just wash with warm water, a cap of bleach, and let it dry.
Another DIY cleaning alternative is a salt and vinegar paste. Simply mix a tablespoon of salt with a tablespoon of vinegar, apply the mixture to your vase with a clean cloth or brush, and let it set for half an hour. Afterwards, rub it off until all residue is removed, rinse out with warm water, and let dry.
Add flower food
Yes, you read it right: cut flowers need food, too! It allows them to bloom in full health and helps ward off infections that can reduce their lifespan.
Flower food has three components: 1) citric acid, which balances the pH level of water for tip-top health; 2) sugar, which boosts their energy; and 3) bleach, which inhibits fungi and bacterial growth.
Your local nursery or online stores may have flower food packets readily available. But if you want to make your own at home, the recipe is easy to follow! All you need is 1 quart of water, 1 tablespoon of sugar, 1/2 teaspoon of bleach, and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice.
There are also lots of substitutes to this recipe! Clear soda, apple cider vinegar, and even vodka have been proven effective at nourishing flowers.
Leaves and foliage that are left on the stems and submerged in water will rot quickly, introducing bacteria to your flowers which can lead to disease and infection.
So it’s a great idea to prune your flowers before setting them in your vase and see to it that there are no leaves below the waterline.
One of the primary tips for keeping flowers fresh is to cut their stems! This technique creates a larger opening at the bottom of the stem, allowing your blooms to take in more water and delay wilting.
Just cut an inch from the stems at a 45-degree angle. It’s important to be very careful, though! Poor cutting techniques can easily lead to crushed stems which keep your flowers from absorbing water
To prevent this, avoid using dull scissors or blades. Use a sharp knife or sharp shears instead for a guaranteed smooth and clean cut.
Place in water.
All flowers need water to flourish, but different blooms have different demands! Before you place them in water, check on their precise water requirements.
Flowers with woody and semi-woody stems like roses, mimosas, lilies, chrysanthemums, and carnations tend to drink a lot. Put them in warm water filled up to about 2/3 of your vase.
Soft-stemmed flowers like anemones, freesias, and ranunculuses prefer shallow water. You can put them in warm water filled to only 1/2 of your vase.
Flowers with bulbous stems like daffodils, hyacinths, and tulips enjoy a bit of a chill, so put them in cool water up to 1/3 of your vase.
Set in a cool area
Most flowers appreciate cooler spots away from direct sunlight. You can still set them by the windows to create a peaceful look for your home; just be sure that they’re kept away from light and that they don’t touch the glass.
If you like having flowers as a centerpiece for your dining table or kitchen, make sure you put them where there are no fruits close by. This may sound odd, but ripening fruits actually emit small amounts of ethylene gas that cause flowers to brown and mature earlier than normal.
It’s also best to keep them away from anything that releases or generates heat, such as A/C units, fire places, heating vents, radiators, or televisions – these can result in dehydration and early wilting.
Extra Care Tips
Change water and food
Water can gather dust and particles from your surroundings, while leaves and stems can break off your flowers and drop into your water. These elements cultivate an optimal environment for bacterial growth. So it’s vital to change your water every 2-3 days.
For best results, you can clean the vase before you change the water. Also, be sure to mix in fresh flower food to replenish your flowers’ nutrients!
When you cut flowers, you create a “wound” at the bottom of the stem. So flowers “repair” themselves by sealing the wound which shuts it off to water supply and drastically reduces their water intake.
This is why re-cutting stems is important! It opens up your flowers’ stems so they can take in more water; plus, it helps clear away blockages and inhibit infections as well.
Simply cut about half an inch off the stem every three days and you’ll be sure to lengthen your flowers’ lives!
Important Care Advice For Your Favorite Flowers
- Remove – Roses have “guard petals” which protect the inner buds that have not yet blossomed. Florists keep them to ensure the safety of your roses while they’re being delivered, but it’s safe to remove them once they arrive. This also lets your roses to spend their energy on keeping newer, more attractive petals fresh.
- Revive – Wilting blooms can be revived by snipping off an inch from the bottom of the stem, then setting the roses in a bucket of water. Keep them submerged for 30-60 minutes.
Peonies (7-9 days).
- Keep cool – Peonies enjoy cool environments, so some people wrap and keep them in the refrigerator to keep them fresh. But setting them in a shady spot in your home should be more than enough to keep them blooming.
- Keep apart – Avoid overcrowding your vase when you have peonies in a mixed bouquet. They’re quite delicate and fragile, so give them adequate space for their big blossoms to bloom.
From thespruce.com; Photo by Jonelle Weaver
- No sniffing – Smelling these temptingly perfumed blooms can actually lead to premature wilting! Sounds strange, but gardenias enjoy their privacy and definitely turn brown when sniffed.
- Pluck – Take note of your lilies’ anthers; they’re very likely to be covered in pollen that can stain fabric on your clothes and furniture. Simply pick the pollen off or take off the anthers with your hands.
- Protect – Lilies are especially frail flowers. Their petals tend to bruise a lot, so be sure to handle them lightly when you’re recutting stems or removing anthers.
- Spray – You can keep your hydrangeas growing perfectly and vibrantly with a few spritzes of water to their petals every day.
- Sustain – Again, these flowers just love their water! Be sure they always get a tall drink and replace their water more repeatedly.
- Take note of temperature – Tulips tend to be more sensitive to changes in temperature. They enjoy cooler environments, so if you see their blossoms start to open on a hot day, just set them in front of an air-conditioner.
- Turn, turn, turn – These fast-growing blooms bend over and get twisted up a lot, so make sure to turn their vase every day.